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« on: March 01, 2012, 03:34:35 PM »

So, I'm not a runner but I do enjoy going barefoot and wearing my five fingers and other minimalist shoes.

A few months ago, my foot started to hurt.  Saw my doctor and he told me it wasn't necessary to go back to full blown running shoe so I was careful about how I walked and continued wearing the minimalist.  A week ago, it got really really bad.  I couldn't walk for days and had to buy a pair of running shoes with tons of cushion.  I can walk properly now with minimal if any pain.  I wear them in the house and out and about.

I'm really depressed about this whole thing.  I didn't want to ever go back to "normal shoes" because I liked how free my toes felt.  I just feel like my foot will never get better and I can kiss all my minimalist shoes goodbye. Sad
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2012, 03:40:34 PM »

try some lessons in the Alexander Technique. If you like it (and you should) and take a whole lot of them, you might get rid of the problem.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2012, 03:50:34 PM »

How long did you take to transition to the Minimalist footwear?  Do you have the same pain when you walk around your yard or house barefooted?
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012, 09:49:42 PM »

So, I'm not a runner but I do enjoy going barefoot and wearing my five fingers and other minimalist shoes.

A few months ago, my foot started to hurt.  Saw my doctor and he told me it wasn't necessary to go back to full blown running shoe so I was careful about how I walked and continued wearing the minimalist.  A week ago, it got really really bad.  I couldn't walk for days and had to buy a pair of running shoes with tons of cushion.  I can walk properly now with minimal if any pain.  I wear them in the house and out and about.

I'm really depressed about this whole thing.  I didn't want to ever go back to "normal shoes" because I liked how free my toes felt.  I just feel like my foot will never get better and I can kiss all my minimalist shoes goodbye. Sad

TOFP/Inflamed tendon?  I had the same thing from TMTS.  I borrowed a moon/walking boot from work (Ortho office) and walked around in it and then a super cushy running shoe for a week+ before transitioning back.  Don't get discouraged, it happens to the best of us! I felt like it would never get better either, but just baby it and wean even slower back into minimalist when you are COMPLETELY healed.

Hang in there.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 12:34:52 AM »

i went through some nasty TOTFP last summer that kept me from going minimalist or barefoot for about 8+ weeks.  I had to transition from big clunky boots to cushy sandals to barefoot again. for about 3 weeks i couldn't walk pain-free at all no matter what i was wearing. Just look at these shoes as a recovery tool. No matter how painful it feels now, it will get better eventually.
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 02:55:12 AM »

Bearfooted:  I started transitioning in August.  I know I did it far too quickly now, but back then I didn't because I wasn't on this forum back then and the sales person that sold me my first Vibrams didn't tell me about it.  Yes, it's just as painful to walk around the house without shoes on, I pretty much wear my shoes any time I'm not sitting right now.

I'm not sure what TOFP is.  When I went to my doctor he said that I'd hurt my fasci.  He explained it like this:every time you walk on your arch it elongates, I kind of tore something in there I guess so every time I walk it rips all over again.  He told my to roll my foot over a tennis ball, which I've been doing.

Thanks for the support guys, it's just so disheartening when you can't do something you love.  Just two weeks ago I was so excited because my toes were very visibly separating, I have nice toe splay!  I miss my Stems and Jaya LR's already!

So everyone that has had this same issue, you guys have eventually healed and were able to transition back to minimalist?

I can't afford to take Alexander Technique classes but I will scour the web and Youtube to see if there is anything I can find and put in to use on them.
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 03:20:59 AM »

TOFP means Top Of Foot Pain
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012, 09:55:18 AM »

I did a seven month transition to VFF running, and early on I had minor instances of PF.  Not enough to sideline me, but enough to let me know that it was coming.  I know the feeling because I had a bad case of PF when I was running in marshmallow shoes.

Try also picking up things with your toes, like marbles or golf balls.  That helped me gradually build up foot strength.  I can't yet pick up a tennis ball, but I keep trying.

Also, you could be over-striding while walking.  Something to look in to.
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2012, 01:40:19 PM »

I used to have plantar fasciitis too, only I had it with regular shoes. In regular shoes only big orthotics (high and rigid arch support) would heal it. Since minimalist shoes and starting to walk with a shorter stride and mid ot fore foot strike, I don't need the orthotics and the PF hasn't come back. Massage your arches, stretch them before you even put a foot out of bed in the morning.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012, 03:11:02 PM »

It sounds like you have a lot of inflammation in there if you can't walk at all without any pain.  I would hold off on massage and stretching for a while, or at the very least be really gentle with it!  And ice baths are a great thing.  Fill a large bucket or bowl (anything you can fit your foot in without cramping your toes) with ice water, and submerge your foot.  You don't want to do this for more than about 5 minutes.  I do this with my forearms sometimes for wrist issues, and once I left them in for a little longer and actually lost some nerve function temporarily (my hands felt weak for about half an hour).  So, don't overdo it!  Tongue

If you do want to do some massage, I would focus on your calves.  The plantar fascia is connected to the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon for a couple of different calf muscles.  A great thing to do is take a tennis ball, kneel on the floor so the tops of your feet are on the floor, and stick the tennis ball near your knee between your calves and hamstrings.  Hang out there for a little bit, move the tennis ball down a little, hang out there, etc...

I bet this is frustrating but it will get better eventually!  Just try to be patient and give your body what it needs.
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2012, 11:48:44 PM »

So, I have been wearing "normal" shoes once again and my foot has begun to heal.  I haven't had major pain in it for almost two weeks now though if I do a lot of walking it does start to ache.  Last week I started introducing my Kigo Edge's back in to my daily routine for anywhere between 15 - 60 minutes a day, depending.  I mostly wear them if it's raining out because my "normal" shoes, while padded, suck at repelling water.

The hugest change however has come from the fact that a week and a half ago, I received my Service Dog.  Part of the regimen is doing a minimum of an hour walk a day with her.  Now, I have never been interested in running before, I've liked the idea of it and thought the idea of being a runner was cool but it was never something I actively pursued or enjoyed.  With the introduction of Didi(Service Dog) in to my life I have started jogging/running and find enjoyment in it.  I can't do more than a minute or two at a time but it's fun and it gets her energy out too.

In any event, lots of positive things going on after feeling like I would never be back to normal again Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2012, 02:51:30 PM »

Kyrah,

Best of luck to you and you heal and also as you transition back into minimalist footwear.  It does sound an awful lot like a case of "too much too soon", but once the pain has subsided you can begin to slowly reintroduce your minimalist footwear and build up your foot strength.
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